Should the state get out of the workers’ compensation business and out of the liquor business? Initiative proponents are arguing the private sector should be offering these services and the state should not be involved.
This argument raises the question as to why the state got into these “businesses” in the first place.
Simply, the state is in these businesses because in years past business failed at providing these services in a reasonable manner. The state is involved in workers’ compensation because, left to their own devices, employers have abandoned injured workers. The state is involved in the liquor business because, left to their own devices, private retailers sold liquor to anyone whose photo ID consisted of a dead president.
The private interests funding these initiatives are hoping we will not remember the days when an injured worker was simply fired because he couldn’t show up for work. They are hoping we will not remember the days when a teenager only needed cash to buy liquor from the retailer on the corner.
The state is involved in these “businesses” because business failed to do business in a businesslike manner. Look at who is behind these initiatives, who is funding the fancy ads. It is private interests whose sole interest is making a larger profit off of you and me.